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what are the risks of removing a permanent contact lens?

By Anonymous January 1, 2011 - 7:28pm
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Hi, I had a surgery to remove the cataracts and permaenent contact lenses were placed. The wrong lenses were placed and I'm wondering if it is safe or dangerous to have a surgery to remove the lenses removed and new ones placed? I heard that infection can occur very easily with this procedure? Will it cause any damage to my eye to have this done?
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Anon - It is difficult to find information in the lay literature about intraocular lens removal.

The clinical literature indicates that lens dislocation may result in the need for removal and replacement. This is a fairly common occurrence and there are several surgical options. This article may be helpful to you as it discusses the options. http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1211310-overview

Infection is, of course, an issue in any surgery. It is also important to find out the surgeon's level of experience in the specific surgery before scheduling with a particular surgeon. I would definitely take Alison's advice and ask for written literature on any clinical findings regarding the pros/cons of removal.

If I find additional information to help you I will post it. Good luck to you!

January 3, 2011 - 1:24pm

You are definitely on the fore-front of new medical technology!

Permanent contact lenses (called lens implants) has just been recently approved, and the information I could locate mentioned that there were two companies/products gaining FDA approval in 2004.

Due to the rarity and newness of this procedure, I have not found any information on the side effects of removing the lenses. You may need to ask your doctor for written literature on any clinical findings regarding the pros/cons of removal.

Please let us know what information you find! What was the exact type of procedure done and product used? That may help in my research.

January 2, 2011 - 8:44pm
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